Ostrich-like bird on the loose in western Pa.

Published: Monday, April 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – Police in one western Pennsylvania township have been on the lookout for an ostrich-like bird known as a rhea that recently escaped from its farm.

Beaver County farm owner Liz Low said the birds are docile and the missing animal apparently got free by jumping a fence earlier this week.

North Sewickley Township police told The Associated Press the bird – believed to be about 5 feet tall and 80 pounds – still was at large Friday morning. It’s was spotted frequently in some woods along Route 65.

Police called the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for advice on rustling the bird and were told to contact the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. Police said a special animal recovery team from neighboring Allegheny County might be brought in to help.

The township is about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

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